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Nevada governor extends state shutdown until end of April, orders residents to stay at home

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) ordered residents to stay at home on Wednesday as he extended a statewide closure of schools and nonessential private businesses until the end of April.

A directive issued by the governor orders residents to remain at home unless performing essential tasks such as buying groceries or working at a necessary business, while outdoor recreational activities, such as walking, are also allowed. The directive reportedly does not come with any penalties for disobeying, according to The Nevada Independent.

"Today I formally issued a Stay at Home order & extended all other directives under the State Emergency Declaration, incl. the school, nonessential business & gaming closures, until 4/30," Sisolak tweeted.

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His directive comes days after Sisolak said at a press conference that a stay-at-home order "doesn't have a real definition," according to the Independent.

“They’re saying that the temperature is going to be in the 70s, it could hit 80 degrees,” Sisolak said Sunday. “That does not mean you shouldn’t stay at home, and stay home for Nevada. You know, you can stay home and open the window and get some of that fresh air coming in, but you still need to stay home and avoid congregating in groups larger than 10 and practice social distancing.”

Nevada has registered just over 1,100 cases of the coronavirus in the state, with 26 deaths.